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  • Best Routers of 2015

    By TechSpot Staff on

    Routers may not be the most exciting piece of technology out there, but with the proliferation of smartphones, tablets, streaming boxes, and more, the need for a good wireless router in modern homes is undeniable. We've gone through dozens of expert reviews and long-term usage impressions from actual owners to bring you the best routers you can buy right now.
  • Xerox PARC: A Brief Nod to the Minds Behind Laser Printing, Ethernet, the GUI and More

    By Matthew DeCarlo on

    Launched in 1970, Xerox's PARC has played an instrumental role in the engineering of laser printing and many of the technologies that compose the PC you're reading this on: the graphical user interface, ethernet, the mouse, among others. We'd like to take a few and give credit where credit's due.
  • The Dos and Dont's of Water Cooling

    By William Seibert on

    Water cooling systems -- whether they are a custom loop or an AIO -- all follow the same basic principles. You have the reservoir, the pump, the radiator, the fans, some tubing, a block (for either the CPU, GPU, or both), and the water itself. After years of working with water cooling kits, here are some important tips to help you get the most out of your system.
  • Thirteen Steam Features You Probably Don't Know About

    By Nathan Grayson on

    As Steam has expanded over the years it's also taken on an infernal-machine-like quality; it's become this cacophonous conglomerate of bells and whistles, many of which are buried under other bells and whistles. It's hard to know everything it is capable of, so here are a few lesser-known Steam features I've come across.
  • Touring Logitech's Audio HQ

    By Rick Burgess on

    Logitech recently reached out to us for a tour of their audio headquarters in Camas, Washington, where it's spent the last 18 months designing what it believes to be the best sounding, most well-featured headset on the market, gaming or otherwise. In fact, they're so confident in the Artemis Spectrum, it bravely threw its creation to a small pack of skeptical tech journalists in hopes they'd go home impressed. Here are our thoughts.
  • Internet for All

    By Vignan Velivela on

    The last two decades has seen users rising from forty million to around 3 billion, with one billion added in the last four-five years itself. And yet over 4 billion people remain unconnected to the Internet.
  • Top 10 Hidden Windows 10 Features

    By Tim Schiesser on

    Many of Windows 10's key features have been talked about at length, but the operating system actually comes with a lot of great features that aren't as immediately obvious to everyday users and even enthusiasts. Here are the top 10 hidden features of Windows 10.
  • How Much RAM? 4GB vs. 8GB vs. 16GB Performance

    By Steven Walton on

    Today's modern games and many productivity applications can consume 4GB on its own, so there's little argument for not going with 8GB. However, the need for 16GB of memory is a hotly debated subject, so today we are going see if and where this much memory might be useful for desktop users.
  • The 10 Biggest Changes of the Last 10 Years in Video Games

    By Keza MacDonald on

    Thanks to the rapid rate of change in video games, both my job and the industry I cover are practically unrecognisable. This is largely what keeps me interested in video games, this pace of transformation: there is always something new to cover, and we're always trying to find new ways to talk about it.
  • Old School PC Gaming: Classic Games that Have Aged Well

    By Satish Mallya on

    There are some classic PC games -- some old enough to buy their own alcohol -- that are as good today as the day they were released. You may not have heard of all of them. After all, when a game has been out for a while, people generally stop talking about it. They are still out there though, waiting patiently for someone to pick them up and play. In this article, we are looking specifically at games that are still fun to play, ten or more years old, and are the best of their style in their series.
  • Quality Assured: What It's Really Like To Test Games For A Living

    By Jason Schreier on

    For a very long time, people have imagined the life of a video game tester, not as 9-to-5 job but as the fantasy of teenagers everywhere. Who wouldn't want to sit on a comfy couch and play games all day. Reality is a little different. Over the past few months I've had extensive conversations with several dozen current and former QA testers in an attempt to explore the world of video game testing and try to explain what it's really like to play games for a living.
  • Then and Now: Almost 10 Years of Intel CPUs Compared

    By Steven Walton on

    Take a look back at how Intel CPUs have progressed over the years. We're testing and comparing the original Core 2 Duo CPUs against the Nehalem-based Core i5-760 and Core i7-870, the Sandy Bridge Core i5-2500K and Core i7-2700K chips, and then to the current generation Haswell Celeron, Pentium, Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 parts.
  • How to Balance Video Games with Real Life

    By Tina Amini on

    One of the worst things about growing up is that you never seem to have any time left over for yourself. Sure, you may still watch a bunch of television shows and go to concerts, but video games? Video games could be kicked to the curb. In an attempt to convince more people to at least try to make gaming more a part of their life, here are some tips for time management that will help them do so.
  • Stop Preordering Video Games

    By Luke Plunkett on

    There once was a time15 years ago when the concept of pre-ordering made sense. Publishers would have a better idea of how many boxes they'd need to ship, and customers could guarantee they'd get hold of the latest game as soon as it was released. It was a good arrangement! It didn't take long for publishers and retailers to realise, though, that once a customer put their money down for a game that wasn't finished, that customer was on the hook.
  • How to Take Amazing Fireworks Photos

    By Shawn Knight on

    You don't have to be a professional photographer to snap some amazing pictures of fireworks. All you need is some basic equipment and a little know-how, the latter of which we'll be offering up here today.
  • A List of Common Default Router IP Addresses

    By Matthew DeCarlo on

    Here's the scenario: you are helping a relative with network issues and need to access their router's browser interface. You can typically find the information by entering 'ipconfig' into the Windows command prompt, but if for some reason you can't retrieve the router's IP address using that method, we've compiled a brief list of popular router brands and their common default addresses.
  • Is Windows 10 Free? Yes, and No. An Explainer

    By Julio Franco on

    Microsoft is set to release Windows 10 later this year and users of current versions of the operating system will get an upgrade free of charge. So where's the confusion? There has been speculation about who gets the free upgrade and who doesn't. Here's a brief overview of the different upgrade paths to Windows 10.
  • Why Owning a Real Camera Matters

    By Shawn Knight on

    Google recently said it best: photos are more than just pixels. They're moments in time we'll never want to forget. Depending on your age and / or life experiences, that may not mean much to you at this point. Having crossed into my 30s a few years back and having already lost both parents and a best friend, it certainly resonates with me. Memories fade but the images you capture with friends and family last a lifetime.
  • Steam Refunds: Friend or Foe?

    By Andrew Pellerano on

    Last week Steam added a refund procedure that allows you to get a full refund on any Steam game you've purchased in the last 14 days and played for less than 2 hours. The sudden manner in which the refund program was announced and implemented has many developers asking: "Is this good for me?" Let's go through the new refund flow together.
  • Catch Up or Die: A Windows 10 Mobile Wish List

    By Tim Schiesser on

    I was a big fan of Windows Phone 8 when it was released, but with Microsoft neglecting their smartphone platform in the last year, the OS has slipped far behind Android 5.0 and iOS 8. What follows in this article is a list of changes, improvements and new features I hope Microsoft will include when Windows 10 Mobile lands later this year.
  • Built and Tested: PC Buying Guide Machines Benchmarked

    By Steven Walton on

    Breaking down today's best hardware across five price points, from Budget Box to Extreme Machine, the TechSpot PC buying guide was recently updated with our latest recommendations. Now, for the first time, we are actually going to build each system and show you the kind of performance each price point delivers.
  • TechSpot PC Buying Guide

    By Steven Walton on

    The TechSpot PC Buying Guide offers an in-depth list of today's best desktop PC hardware, spanning four unique yet typical budgets and a fifth for the no-expense spared, extreme PC crowd.
  • The Best-Looking Video Game Consoles Of All Time

    By Luke Plunkett on

    Over the past four decades, there have been some plain consoles, sometimes even some ugly consoles, but we don't care about them today. Today, we celebrate the best-looking video game consoles (no handhelds) of all time.
  • Estimating CPU Performance Using Amdahl's Law

    By Matt Bach on

    While frequency is a decent indicator of how well a CPU will perform in some programs, when the ability to use multiple cores is factored in it can get tricky as not all programs are as efficient at using them. Using a mathematical equation called Amdahl's Law you can determine how efficient your program is at using multiple CPU cores (it's parallelization efficiency) and then use that to estimate the performance of different CPU models.
  • When SSD Performance Goes Awry

    By Per Hansson on

    An avalanche of reports started to surface last September when users began to notice that their usually speedy Samsung SSD 840 and SSD 840 EVO drives were no longer performing as they used to. We've looked deep into the problem to understand what's been fixed and what hasn't. Samsung owes its customers an explanation.
  • 10 Free Steam Games Worth Playing

    By Patricia Hernandez on

    Over the years, Steam has accumulated a number of great games that are free-to-play, and I'm here to tell you which ones you should check out.
  • The 10 Worst Things About Building a New Gaming PC

    By Kirk Hamilton on

    Last summer, I finished building and fine-tuning a new gaming PC. I had a lot of fun, but the process could also be pretty annoying. Today, I'm going to list the ten worst things about building a new gaming PC. Bitterness! Negativity! Complaining! Here we go.
  • The 10 Best Things About Building a New Gaming PC

    By Kirk Hamilton on

    Building a gaming PC can be time-consuming and stressful. There are a thousand things that could go wrong, and any one of them could wind up costing hundreds of dollars. And yet we do it anyway. Why? Because building PCs is totally awesome.
  • Living Without Cable: My Experience with Cutting the Cord

    By Shawn Knight on

    It's been a month since I disconnected my AT&T U-verse TV service. It's not the first time, but something I've done half a dozen times over the last several years. What's different about this time and why I'm compelled to write about it is the fact that I have no intentions of going back.
  • Five Things I Didn't Get About Making Video Games (Until I Did It)

    By Anthony Burch on

    Before I joined Gearbox Software, I worked at Destructoid as a features editor, highlighting indie games and spewing vitriol at big-budget games I didn't like. I played their games, I found them wanting, and I felt like I had a pretty good idea of where and why things had gone wrong. I may not have ever made a game myself but I basically knew what game development was about, right? Wrong. It turns out there were a shitload of things I didn't know about.